Real Wedding: Lauren & Saman

Mother doing up her daughter's wedding dress Photo: Alive Photo Studio
Where it all started

Lauren and Saman’s love story began when they locked eyes across a crowded club in Toronto. They were both out for the night to celebrate their friends’ birthdays and, as luck would have it, their booths were beside each other. Thinking Saman was really attractive, Lauren decided to wander over to his booth to introduce herself. Saman asked if he could buy her a drink and the pair spent the rest of the night tearing up the dance floor.

After dating for several years, Saman decided he wanted to plan an unforgettable day filled with surprises for Lauren’s 29th birthday – starting with an incredible helicopter tour of Toronto! While hovering over the city skyline, he revealed a second surprise; a gorgeous engagement ring! Lauren was completely caught off guard, shouting “yes” so loudly that it could be heard over the propellers. At the end of the tour, Saman revealed his final surprise; he had planned a stunning surprise party with their friends and family to celebrate his bride-to-be’s birthday and share their big news!

Groom standing next to his groomsmen Photo: Alive Photo Studio
Planning the wedding

At first, Lauren and Saman didn’t know they wanted to have a destination wedding. It wasn’t until they considered how badly they needed a vacation and how great it would be to celebrate in the sun with their loved one that they decided to say “I do” in the tropics. Ultimately, the happy couple decided to revisit their first vacation spot together and host their big day at Riu Palace Mexico in Riviera Maya!

Bride and groom kissing at the altar Photo: Alive Photo Studio
Day details

On May 25th, 2019, Lauren and Saman exchanged their vows on a sparkling white-sand beach surrounded by their family and friends. Their tropical celebrations were decorated in their colour scheme of lilac, purple, white and silver with personal touches brought from home including ceremony fans and a fabulous welcome sign.

Later, at their romantic garden reception, the newlyweds shared their first dance to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John – a moment the two of them will cherish for a lifetime.

Bride, groom, and groomsmen standing by the pool Photo: Alive Photo Studio
Wedding day wear

Lauren’s gown: A-line tulle gown with a lace bodice from the Ella Rosa Collection by Kenneth Winston

Lauren’s shoes: Marciano heeled sandals

Lauren’s accessories: Swarovski earrings and bracelet

Saman’s attire: Garrett Bespoke

Saman’s accessories: Harry Rosen shoes

Wedding bands: Mark Lash

The bridesmaids wore: Purple dresses from Lulus

The groomsmen wore: Suits from Moore’s

Person signing a guestbook Photo: Alive Photo Studio
Small details

Flowers: Lilies, roses, dahlias and more from the resort florist

Colour scheme: Lilac, purple, white, silver

Photographer: Alive Photo Studio

Hair and makeup: Renova Spa at the resort

First dance song: Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John

Stationary and invitations: Zazzle

Favours: Personalized lavender fans

Welcome gifts: The couple made welcome bags filled with mints, mini hand sanitizers, itinerary cards and a personalized selfie stick

Tips for future couples

“Do extensive research about all of your resort options! This will help you select the perfect spot that offers facilities and amenities that are important to you and your guests.”

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